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in florida, a jury returned a guilty verdict in the murder trial of millionaire bob ward. >> we the jury find the defendant guilty of second-degree murder as charged in the information. >> this trial lasted for about a week. ward argued his wife died in 2009 of an accidental gunshot to the face. the jury wasn't convinced. they found ward guilty today of second-degree murder. ward's daughters sobbed when the verdict came down and prosecutors hammered away at inconsistencies in ward's story and that he calmly admitted five times, five times in the initial 911 call that he had shot his wife. listen to that. >> all right. and then there was this bizarre
jailhouse video just days after his wife died ward apparently you see him there performing a strip tease for his daughter and sister-in-law and all three acted like him being arrested was a big joke in that video. i want to bring in legal expert holly hughes, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. bob ward was a millionaire. he had a high caliber defense team i would imagine. did the defense make a mistake here? >> no. the defense was stuck with what their client had already said. we just played that tape for the listeners. when you very calmly say five times i shot my wife and you don't at the time you're not hysterical. >> no urgency in his voice. >> he's not hysterical. get here and help her. they're stuck with the statements their client made. he already admitted firing the gun but what we can do is now say it accidentally went off. he didn't intend to fire the gun. she was trying to kill herself.
unfortunately sometimes by the time a lawyer gets a case, the client has already put them in a bad position. >> more on what you're talking about. prosecutors say ward changed his story. first he told 911 he shot his wife. you heard him very calmly there. when police interviewed him, he said this. >> okay. so again, he's also very calm there. now, according to -- this type of gun, it would be hard for her to do this number one as we've been talking she's right handed and she was shot in the left side of the face. >> that's exactly right. what we're talking about is trajectory. the path a bullet takes through the body. she's shot in the left side of
the nostril. she's a right-handed lady and the experts on both sides testified that the gun would have had to have been 14 to 18 inches away from the wound so think about how a woman could possibly do that. you could not twist your arm in that direction because there's no powder burns escaping the barrel of the gun on her face. >> how strong do you have to be to fire that gun? >> this is a .357 magnum. to break that down for viewers, you have to stick your finger on that trigger and exert 12 pounds of pressure to get that gun to fire. that isn't something that accidentally goes off. it could have been her finger on the trigger. the reason his story fails is if he's struggling with the gun, he wouldn't have got his finger into the trigger and ex-certificaexerted at the pressure. >> can we look for an appeal here? he has a lot of money.
>> absolutely. they have 30 days to let the court know they'll file that appeal and then time to perfect it. they need to convince an appellate court that somehow somewhere along the line the judge made an improper ruling and gave the jury the wrong law to rely on. >> holly hughes, thank you. stick around. you'll be back later this hour as we talk about the jury and details in the conrad murray trial. the death of michael jackson coming up next week i'll be in l.a. and we'll talk about the jury and importance of jury selection in winning a case. thank you very much, holly hughes. see you in just a bit. nasa says it knows a satellite crashed to earth, they just don't know where. some ireporters enjoyed a light show that could have been debris but cnn can't confirm that. all nasa knows for sure is that the decommissioned upper atmosphere research satellite fell to earth overnight around midnight eastern time.
26 pieces expected to survive the descent range from ten pounds to hundreds of pounds. that's a lot. nasa plans for the controlled re-entry of satellites but it didn't win this one. this was launched 20 years ago. let's talk about this now. meteorologist bonnie schneider is in the cnn severe weather to talk about satellite falling to earth. we've had sprays debris before. this is different because of its size? >> because of the size. that's the concern. you have to realize that satellites and space debris falls every single day every single week. this is the mid point prediction point altitude of 10 kilometers where it's estimated to have fallen all they we may never know where the falling point occurred because it could have occurred anywhere. naturally the most likely place will be somewhere over water since the earth is covered by 70% of water so that's likely what happened over the north pacific. the prediction point was at an altitude of 10 kilometers. that's why we expect this to be a smaller piece and scattered
more about. no reports of visuals that you can see confirmed of re-entry. 26 pieces reached the ground of various size. as you mention on average one satellite re-entered the area so small it burns up before reaching the earth. once a week a larger satellite re-enters the prediction messages are issued if something is larger and that's what we saw with this one. doesn't look like there were confirmed reports or anyone being injured from it which was a concern for many this past week. luckily the chances were slim. we do have some more updates to tell you about in weather that we're watching. a brand new tropical system and we're monitoring that. we've been talking about ophelia but tropical storm philippe just formed. this one like ophelia is not expected to impact the u.s. as it is anticipated to turn farther to the north. it's still hurricane season so we monitor all of the activity
in the tropics. don? >> let's talk about that falling satellite and space junk again. some ireporters took pictures and believe that's what it is. we can't confirm that. those pictures are amazing. as we said earlier, a spectacular light show. i guess it's possible it could be part of this debris, right? >> it absolutely is possible for sure. you can see the different particles and how small they appear from such a large satellite. that's what happens when it does re-enter because we do have that burning that take place and that break up of the debris. >> cool to look at i do have to say. things fall to earth all the time. >> chances are it won't hit you because it will hit the ocean. >> let's not make too much of this. thank you very much. appreciate it. finally heading home after nightmare in iran that lasted more than two years. shane bauer and josh fattal are on a plane. they were arrested after
straying over the border from iraq to iran. they were accused of being spies and sentenced them to eight years in prison. they left under a million dollar bail deal and they have been soaking up every moment of freedom ever since. >> just hours after we left prison, we were able to swim in the calm waters of the gulf. we stayed up all night with our loved ones and we watched the most beautiful sunset we have ever seen. these experiences will be with us for the rest of our lives. >> the third of those american hikers, sarah shourd was freed a year ago for medical reasons and on friday shourd became officially engaged to fellow hiker shane bauer following his release. they are making their way back to u.s. soil.
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african-americans are among president obama's strongest supporters but as a group they have also felt some of the worst effects of the struggling economy and in just a few hours president obama will speak at a dinner hosted by the black caucus. it will be a crowd of supporters and tough critics at the same time. what can we expect the president to say and what do cbc members want to hear from him? >> reporter: certainly the president has come under fire not just recently but all along for what many in the black community not just members of congress but others believe is a lack of a focus or enough focus on the problem of the black unemployment rate. as of august unemployment in the black community was 16.7%. that's a lot higher than the national average of 9.1%.
nearly twice as much. there's been a lot of concern that the white house isn't doing enough. now, the white house would say the president spends a lot of time and has spent a lot of time talking with plaque leaders and black organizations about their concerns and that this jobs bill that he's proposed he introduced this month will go a long way to addressing some of their concerns. we expect to hear him touch on those issues tonight. he has also taped an interview with b.e.t. network that airs on monday and talks about the economy and the difficult time the black community has had. let's listen to a bit of a clip of that interview. >> right now we are in a situation where the economy is stabilized but it stabilized too high an unemployment rate. if we get this jobs bill passed, that will make a difference right away. it's estimated that would grow the economy by an extra 2% and put 1.9 million people back to
work. those aren't our estimates. those are independent estimates. that could make a difference. >> reporter: so tonight we expects the president to talk about this jobs bill in the context of the african-american community. this is certainly the kind of thing that cbc members and staffers said they want to hear. a couple weeks ago president obama spoke briefly with an interactive panel of black media and talked specifically about some of the effects this job bill could have on the african-american community. he talked about 20 million african-americans who could benefit from the proposal to cut the payroll tax in half and talked about 1.4 million african-american families that would benefit from an extension of unemployment benefits. he also talked about plans to encourage hiring of low income workers, training for low-income workers. >> how have they reacted to the president's job plan and the speech and the plan he came out with afterwards. what's their reaction? >> reporter: you heard the well
publicized criticism leading up to the speech by maxine waters who wanted to see a big plan and questioned his tour of the midwest saying why are you going to iowa when you could go into the black community to talk about jobs and so interestingly enough after the speech, waters and others said that they liked what they heard. some of the television interviews that representative waters gave she said that the president has heard cbc so why some wanted to see a bigger step to help the african-american community, they believe this is on the right track and what they really want to do and see is the president fight for this plan and really fight and internalize lessons from some of these past debates. some people believe he gave up too soon on some of these past issues like health care. >> we hear folks in the background. don't know if they are protesters. anything to do with what you're reporting or just protesters? >> not as far as we know. there is often protesters out
here. >> appreciate it. we'll look forward to the president's speech and don't go anywhere. i'll tell our audience in 15 minutes we'll talk more about tonight's speech and with sheila jackson lee, congresswoman from texas and member of the congressional black caucus. we'll get reaction from her. florida republicans voting on who they want president obama to face in next year's election. the florida straw poll results expected at any minute. we'll bring that to you live next. but first, more about money. love and money as a matter of fact. what impact has this sluggish economy had and have rules changed when it comes to dating? we sat down with a third generation match maker and star of the bravo show "base" on her business. the millionaire match maker. it's this week's smart is the new rich. >> if you are out there in the world, you got millions unemployed struggle to pay down debts.
if you are out of a job, do you let your date know. do they need to know the 580 credit score? >> the problem is women if you are down trotting a man wants to rescue. that's attractive sometimes to the millionaire man. he likes the woman had a doesn't challenge his opinion. doesn't have a better job than him. >> sounds boring. >> that is biology. if you are a man and you said that to a woman, what would we do? we would run for the nearest exit. >> has 24 chanthat changed in t economy? >> no. >> you shouldn't date because you can't take a woman out for dinner or cocktails you shouldn't be dating. >> to what degree are you honest about your financial situation? >> talk to someone about your financial situation. you may not be able to do date two. >> when you date successful guys they would whine and complain they had no money and look at the bill at the end. never, ever do that.
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time to talk politics. republican presidential candidates are in a key battleground state. in 20 minutes or so, we'll hear from the straw poll in florida. the outcome could be crucial to candidates who are trailing in the polls. peter joins us now on the phone from the event. he's in orlando. who is expected to come out on top? how close are we, do we know? >> we're about 20 minutes away. this is really interesting. most straw polls some of them aren't very important. they won't determine a nominee. but rick perry came into this thing the republican front-runner expected to win but his off kilter and uneven debate performance on thursday night really hurt him here if you talk to delegates at this convention,
they are concerned about his support for a bill in texas that gave in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. that really hurt him. now there are questions floating around that he may lose or come up short. i think he's still the favorite but if he loses to romney or herman cain or newt gingrich, that would be a serious blow to rick perry as the momentum is stalled right now. >> i guess we don't know until the final percentages and where they are so i guess who is going to come out on top is a more appropriate question. florida governor rick scott is going to make the announcement here. what will these results mean for the candidates who are struggling in this campaign? i guess if you're struggling and you come out on top, it gives you a boost. if you're not, what does that mean? >> think about rick santorum, the former pennsylvania senator
who has really been in this whole race. he's had several strong debate performances and an event like this, strong showing here could give him momentum. it's about image and momentum because santorum is struggling to come up. he needs to do well in a place like iowa. that's where his candidacy has really hinged. he's emerged as an alternative to perry on the right among conservatives. if he shows well here today, that's a great story line for him to take back to iowa when he goes there tomorrow and say, guess what? i'm more conservative than rick perry. i'm more conservative than michele bachmann. you need to give me a second look. there's two or three months to go. there's time for lesser known candidates to get traction. >> good analysis. rick scott expected to announce in about 15, 20 minutes. we'll bring it to you. the jury is set in the trial of michael jackson's doctor. will the makeup of that group play in the favor of a
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circumstances use any anesthetic agents specifically propofol. you're not to be using that. you're not to prescribe that. you're not to have it in any manner whatsoever. do you understand that? i'm letting any issues here where you would sedate people. i don't want you sedating people. >> all right. that was murray in court last year charged in jackson's death. the pop superstar died in 2009 from a combination of anesthesia and other drugs. he was under murray's care at the time. the trial will determine if murray was criminally responsible in the death. let's bring in criminal defense attorney holly hughes. if you're representing dr. conrad murray, what's your defense? >> basically that michael did this to himself. you administer the proper amount. when you left the room for a brief minute to make a phone call, this person who admitted himself in an interview in 2003 that he was a drug addict helped himself to these drugs and you had no idea he was going to do
this. you did not administer an improper amount. >> a lay person would say that he admitted it. the judge and other people you've heard key smart people say if you're going to do this which you are not supposed to in this setting, you have to watch someone. he admits he didn't do it. he admits he walked away and took a phone call. >> he did admit to that. we're talking about does that fall so far below the standard of care that he can be held criminally responsible. that's what this charge is about. this is not a second-degree murder charge. this is in civil terms you were so negligent that because of that someone died. not a murder charge. >> put on the hat of a prosecutor. what do you do? how do you get a conviction? >> you get a conviction by saying this falls below the standard of care because you knew your patient was an addict. why would you walk out of a room
that has drugs in it that he can access? you go the other way and you say that in itself is absolutely negligent and should not have been done. >> this is what i want to talk about. we have a profile of the jury last night. it came to us. i want to talk about the jury in this case. 52-year-old white female divorced is an accounting manager. 51-year-old mexican male is a mail carrier. it goes on. another person has a master's degree. another person is a book seller. another person is a paralegal. only one african-american. this is an interesting jury selection. >> this is great jury for the state. they are an older bunch. they are a very educated bunch. and they also if you read into their profiles several of them have had family members with substance abuse problems either drugs or alcohol. this is a jury that's going to get it. this jury will say if you were trying to help my son or daughter, i wouldn't want you leaving them in a room with all
of those drugs laying around. if you administer too much yourself, you're guilty. if you left them with access to it, you're guilty also. >> here's the thing. we were talking about it unlike the casey anthony trial, i'm not an expert when it comes to this, this jury seems to be able to at least has done it before and can understand the instructions. >> absolutely. that's key. a lot of these jurors have sat on juries before. they listen to what the law is. not going on emotion. not getting confused but listening to instructions of the judge and being able to interpret them and get the league concepts and come to the right conclusion. >> what's at stake for murray? what if he's found guilty? >> if he's found guilty he's facing up to four years. don't quote me exactly. it's nowhere near what it would have been if he looks at a second-degree murder charge which takes him into 14 or above range. right around four years as max even if he's convicted, we have
to believe that there's going to be evidence trying to mitigate that sentence. the defense will say, you know what, this guy has a sterling reputation. we've seen all his other patients taking up the banner for him. he may not get maxed out at that four. he may get less if convicted. >> innocent until proven guilty but if found not guilty, that's when the story really begins as in the same with casey anthony. >> yeah. the flashback would be awful. his fans are quite devoted. let's say that. >> thank you very much, holly hughes. appreciate it. president barack obama about to make a big speech tonight. his audience will be full of supporters but they want to hear some concrete ideas on reducing unemployment. we'll talk with congresswoman sheila jackson lee. she's going to be in the audience. there she is. looking lovely and lavender and purple right there. that's right after a break. don't go anywhere. [ indistinct talking on radio ]
let's talk politics. let's talk about it now with a member of the caucus, congresswoman sheila jackson lee of texas. she joins me now from washington. congresswoman, thank you so much for joining us. we know how you feel. i've been hearing you and seeing you on television saying this administration needs to do more
and do more about employment when it comes to african-americans. what do you want to hear from president obama tonight? >> i expect the president to be ka compassionate when he speaks to a caucus that been the conscience of the congress. the congressional black caucus has been in the midst from katrina to criminal justice so he knows he's talking to the people that felt a brunt of some of america's injustices but he also knows that he will be talking to americans, patriots. this audience is one of the greatest patriotic audiences you can speak to because they care about insisting that all of america has an opportunity to be the best that they can be. i expect the president to talk about jobs and also to talk about his fight to ensure we
create these jobs and that we insist that the private sector partnerships to go into those very difficult areas where african-americans are unemployed and young people are unemployed and children are impoverished and do something about it. >> we heard you. we heard maxine waters say this administration needs to do something more. do you find it ironic in a sense that we're talking about an african-american president and the criticism has been that he's not done enough for african-americans. 16.7% for african-americans. 17% for african-american men. do you think he gets it?
this job bills speaks to a lot of our pain. >> with all due respect, if you can answer my question. do you think he gets it? >> i do think he gets it. i think it's hard. i think that he's got to be able to balance this whole idea of being the president of the united states of america knowing there are painful communities. we are long with a lot of hurting groups. the president needs to say to the american public if i lift the boat of those hurting the most, your boat is going to rise. if i allow the poorest to consume and get a job, your boat is going to rise. the congressional black caucus is ready for it and we'll demand of this republican congress to find their moral compass. what are they going to do? the president put out a plan. the congressional black caucus has shown them thousands in the streets in the month of august. i saw them as they stood in the hot sun to get a job. how much more does it take for
the republicans to get it? the president has to be able to say i'm a peace maker but i'm a fighter and i'm going to fight for the american people just like our soldiers are on the front line fighting for us? >> i want to talk to you about technology jobs. let's get these points here. i think that what many people want to ask is do you think the president is being strong enough despite you talking about a republican congress and all that. is he being firm enough? has he been firm enough when it comes to not only his position on jobs to get things going. the republicans don't want to work with them. what are you going to do? what's he going to do? >> well, you have to understand the president wanted to be presidential and extend a hand of cooperation. i think his -- remember now, he has counsel. he has staff. i think they get it. we have been saying it over and over again. we're not in for a blood bath but we're in for success and letting the american people know that we're fighting for them. again, i'm calling on the
republicans patriotism. the president has to call on america's patriotism. a patriot fight. we want the president to fight. we think he gets it. we'll look for him to fight and we'll fight alongside him. >> i would love for you to come back after this speech if you have time and i would like to get your assessment if you think he spoke to you or if he didn't. >> i would be delighted. a lot of good things to happen and technology is one of them. >> that's what i want to talk to you about. we're running out of time. you believe that technology sector is the place where we could find more jobs especially for african-americans. tell me why. >> great opportunity. one because you can do it one person can have a startup company and have an opportunity to work. two, silicon valley has been the nucleus. we now have to see it across. partnership dealing with spreading technology. we've done it in 19 states. we need to do it in more.
we need for them to have opportunities for all levels of education to create jobs. >> thank you very much. you look very lovely. appreciate you coming on cnn. >> delighted to be with you. i hope you'll enjoy the session and peek in on us. >> thank you very much. coming up after a quick break, a gay teenager who fought to empower others like him to stand up to bullying became too much for him. first, this year is the fifth anniversary of cnn heroes and over the years we've received more than 40,000 nominations from you, our viewers in more than 100 countries. this week we reveal the top cnn heroes of 2011. each will receive $50,000 and shot of cnn hero of the year earning one of them $250,000. and you get to decide who that person will be. here's cnn's anderson cooper with the cnn heroes of 2011. >> i'm anderson cooper. every day we introduce you to
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[ applause ] with 2.3% of the votes cast, jon huntsman. [ applause ] with 224 votes or 8.4%, newt gingrich. [ applause ] with 276 votes, 10.4%, ron paul. [ applause ] 289 votes, 10.9%, rick santorum. [ applause ] okay. down to three. 372 votes, 14%, mitt romney. [ applause ] tonight's winner with 986 votes, 37.1% herman cain!
[ applause ] >> okay. so there you go. we came in on a bit of it. it appears herman cain is the winner of the florida straw poll. herman cain the winner. again, that is florida governor rick scott making the announcement and we'll get the exact percentages for you again. our political team, the best political team on television standing by. again, herman cain is the winner of the florida straw poll. we're back in a moment. we'll analyze this and give you more news.
gay teens being bullied. it's not a new story but it's claimed another life. jamie rodermeyer wanted to give other gay teens the strength to overcome being bullied. the torment he suffered was too much. so much that he took his own life this week. . >> hi this is jamie from bethlehem, new york. i'm just here to tell you that
it does get better. >> many nay, jamie uploads this video to youtube as part of the "it gets better project", a worldwide movement to support teen gays and lesbians. he speaks candidly of being taunted for his sexuality in school and online. >> i thought i could never escape it. and people would just constantly send me hate telling me that gay people go to hell. >> drawing support from his friends and lady gaga, things did eventually get better for the buffalo teen. but recently his parents and friends say the torment hit him harder. last sunday he was found dead after an apparent suicide. he left no note but that same day he wrote on his blog that he wanted to see two people who had recently died, his great grandma and his friend alex. jamie's father tim says his son hid his emotions. >> he fooled everybody. he put on a brave face.
i wish he wouldn't have. >> his death is not the first time a gay teen has killed himself after being bullied. aier ago rutgers university freshman tyler clemente jumped to his death after his roommate secretly broadcast a video online of him having a sexual encounter with another man bringing worldwide attention to the issue. in 2008, the suicide prevention center reported that search shows lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths could be as much as seven times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. his parents say the school told them they were able to stop at times incidents of bullying against their son. but one educator says it's not easy. >> it's incredibly difficult. i think if there was an easy solution, a school district or a school community would have found it by now. >> his family and neighbors say they will continue to speak out so the world can learn from his death. >> you have to hold your head
up. that's all you have to do. just love yourself and your sex. >> i have to tell you, police are investigating whether skull bullies could be charged with harassment or hate crimes related to jamie's suicide. his idol has written on her twitter account that she wants to name an anti-bullying law after him. we're going to talk more about this story in our 7:00 eastern hour here on kcnn. make sure you join us on october 9th when anderson cooper will hold a town hall to stop bullying. i talk about the tragic outcome of bullying in my book "transparent" whether is dedicated to tyler clemente who took his own life because of cyber bullying. i just want to thank the anti-violence project in new york for this courage award they awarded me just two nights ago. i got one along with time warner for our efforts in anti-bullying and anti-violence. thank you very much for that. a virus cost a woman both of her hands and both of her feet.
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own. that's a reality for sheila mayaventa, the first woman to undergo a double hand transplant. >> i just remember being rushed to the hospital and in the er and that's it. i was out. >> reporter: her hands and feet were amputated eight years ago after she contracted a infection. >> they were so lifeless. you know? and so black. >> reporter: she got prosthetics but the idea of a future hand transplant was always on her mind. when the tupt came, she went for it. >> i'm amazed by my own progress. i had no expectations. >> reporter: it's been a year since she got her new hands and she hit several milestones. she can feel temperature, pain, she can feel various textures. it's the result of a lot of hard work. she undergoes six hours of physical therapy five days a week. >> for me to finally feel these things again, my hair, my face, or even, you know, my jeans,
that's something big for me. >> reporter: her ultimate goal is to live as independent a life as possible. >> this is my very first painting. >> reporter: she draws, paints, drives, puts on makeup and even clips her nails. >> i'm not able to pinch the nail clipper. i was able to figure out how i would do it for myself. but that was my other way of figuring out how to be independent. >> reporter: the last eight years have been difficult. but she says she's overcome so much by believing it all happened for a reason. no matter how painful she tries to always be positive. >> i don't give myself much of a choice but to keep going despite of whatever obstacles i encounter in my life. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn reporting. >> she works one day a week and hopes to display her art work at a local gallery. i'on